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Grimsby’s new river terminal is open

[ August 2, 2013   //   ]

The new Grimsby River Terminal (GRT) – the ABP-owned port’s single biggest investment project in over 160 years – handled its first vesse when the MV Ems Highway discharged over 800 Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda vehicles onto the Terminal’s 7,000 tonne concrete pontoon on 1 August. The £26 million GRT, which is the first construction to be built outside the lock gates since Royal Lock opened, can take two vessels carrying up to 3,000 vehicles. The 1852-built Alexandra Dock, accessed through the original Royal Lock was limited to a ship size of only 800 cars. ship size to a maximum of 800 cars.

ABP port director Grimsby & Immingham, John Fitzgerald said: “This investment cements Grimsby’s role in this key market, which supports hundreds of jobs at the port. The new facilities also provide us with a fantastic opportunity to grow our automotive business and secure more job opportunities for local people.”

Volkswagen Group’s head of group vehicle planning and logistics Matthew Bowden completion of the new river berth would be “the start of a new era for both ABP and Volkswagen Group UK in Grimsby.” The ability to handle larger ships would be particularly useful during the production build up for the two registration peaks each year.